Best Dungeons in World of Warcraft Dragonflight
The ninth and current expansion of World of Warcraft features, World of Warcraft Dragonflight, features eight new dungeons, each distinguishing itself in several ways, including via boss fights and visual appeal. This expansion comes after a sea of calamity reigned over Azeroth, and the dragon flights resurface to, once again, join forces with you and defend their ancestral land, the Dragon Isles. It’s a chance to reignite the sense of magic and wonder fans of World of Warcraft have become accustomed to over the years. Yet, also a chance to experience the same in a new light, or for the first 30 to 40 hours at least.
Does roaming about the vast, breathtaking wilds of the Dragon Isles sound enticing to you? Is the new hybrid humanoid-dragon race, the Dracthyr Evoker, the source of your magnet pull? Or, do the eight new dungeons, whether the four legacy ones from Mists of Pandaria or the other utterly new ones, fit your curiosity more? Whichever way your motivation to play Dragonflight draws from, here are the best dungeons in World of Warcraft Dragonflight you wouldn’t want to miss.
5. The Azure Vault
Sure, The Azure Vault looks largely the same from start to finish. However, it’s still a sight to see with its arcane magic and blue Dragonflight theme. It also features a pretty tragic plot about Umbrelskul who’s the final boss and one of the children of Sindragosa’s equally devastating story.
Sindragosa makes a comeback here, as well, showcasing one of the best acting the expansion has to offer. It’s easy to spot her, even if for the first time, because of how stand-out a character she is. Oh, and the bosses are great, too, with each bringing something special to the table.
4. Shadowmoon Burial Grounds
Although a debatable choice, Shadowmoon Burial Grounds is a dungeon you’d still be happy to take on, thanks to four bosses that will definitely take more than two to tango. They’re the kind to underestimate because of how straightforward the dungeon is. However, the boss fights do pose a challenge that will take a group of players with diverse abilities to defeat.
Plot-wise, Shadowmoon Burial Grounds is the place where you get to meet Ner’zhul before he becomes the Lich King. Also, necromancy reigns high here, with yet another alternate Warcraft universe to tackle. But all things considered, if you blast your way down each enemy that puts up a fight, you should easily take them down without a fuss.
3. Ruby Life Pools
There are only three bosses to defeat in Ruby Life Pools. Though let that not fool you, as they’re still as tough as they come. Most especially, the third boss fight is where push really comes to shove, as you battle against the primalist, proto-dragon tag team that culminates fire and wind into one spectacle of despair.
Besides posing one of the greatest challenges of the game, Ruby Life Pools is also an unequivocally fun dungeon to maneuver, thanks to the significantly less trash to get past. In fact, there really isn’t any to deal with.
Instead, you’ll place all focus on defending the sanctuary that serves as the nesting grounds from immemorial and a sacred place for all five Dragonflight. This serves as an essential pillar of the overall story, one that you wouldn’t want to blink and miss any beat.
2. Algeth’ar Academy
Algeth’ar Academy gives off Hogwarts vibes right off the bat, thanks to its historic significance of dragons communing here for higher learning, and its present reopening to all sorts of students under the guidance of Headteacher Doragosa. The dungeon is a varying mixture of Arcane magic, giant birds, dragons, and Treants: all meme-worthy and, to be honest, so obviously geared toward a more light-hearted theme.
The dungeon doesn’t take itself too seriously, which is the pinnacle of all that’s great about it. While most of the boss fights don’t have much awe in them, fighting the Crawth is quite memorable, thanks to its unique talon toss mechanic. Add to that the fact that the arena itself is breathtaking, and you’ve got yourself a pretty decent dungeon to let loose without straying too far from the game’s undertone.
Worth mentioning is that Algeth’ar Academy takes a more free-form nature. It’s open-worldly, allowing you to freely pick which fights to engage with, as well as the routes to take. You might also want to get started with Overgrown Ancient first, which is the toughest boss fight, even if for the sole goal of allowing yourself a smooth sailing ride for the rest of the way.
1. The Nokhud Offensive
Let’s be honest, the dungeons in World of Warcraft, though mostly new, are pretty lackluster. They’re comparatively straightforward to previous entries and relatively subpar, well, except for The Nokhud Offensive, which makes great use of your dragon-riding skills to a tee.
You know how Daenerys always looks so cool, soaring above the skies and only needing to say that one simple word, Dracurus, to command her dragon to rain fire onto her enemies? While you won’t get to do exactly that in World of Warcraft Dragonflight, the experience comes pretty close, thanks to using your dragon riding skills to soar around and intervene in a battle.
Besides how cool it feels on the dragon's back, The Nokhud Offensive also makes great use of level geometry, launching an all-out war on the Nokhud centaur and their Primalist allies, which all takes place on an entire map of the Ohn'ahran Plains zone.
You get to hop on your dragon and soar from one boss to another. The boss fights don’t disappoint either, thanks to breathtaking visuals that easily teleport your mind to the scene. With the downright beautiful Ohn'ahran Plains, the Dragon riding feature, and the varying aesthetics of the boss fights combined, The Nokhud Offensive easily becomes an undisputed best dungeon in World of Warcraft Dragonflight.